Sting’s Cryptic Tweets, Cena Will Pass Flair, Big E Lacks Direction, Lesnar’s Part-Time Status

What do you think is behind Sting’s cryptic Tweets?

I expect the Tweets to be in connection with a merchandise-related announcement, be it WWE 2K15 or the upcoming Sting DVD/Blu-Ray set. Anyone anticipating a major Sting return on next week’s Raw to setup a series of dream matches is holding their expectations too high. We know 100% that WWE and Sting are working together and that was confirmed with the casting call issued last month. Whether or not Sting ever works a match in WWE remains to be seen.

Now that John Cena is billed a 15-time world champion, do you see him overtaking Ric Flair within the next few years?

The number of world title reigns is not a set variable but by WWE standards, Ric Flair is recognized as a 16-time world champion and John Cena is recognized as a 15-time world champion. I absolutely believe that Cena is being setup to overtake Flair and that’s more than clear with WWE’s current billing of him. While Cena is heavily criticized by WWE fans today, history will be much kinder and I expect him to go down as one of the greatest of all-time.

At one time, WNW reported that Big E had a lot of backing from John Cena and Vince McMahon as a next top guy, but in recent times he seems to have been pushed far behind in the line. What is the reason for this?

When Big E was first called up, he had complete support from Vince McMahon and John Cena took him under his wing, even working out with him on the road. I haven’t heard if that’s still the case but Big E simply lacks creative direction. Everyone wants to know what a certain worker does to be given such a role and sometimes there isn’t always an easy answer. Remember, pro wrestling is not an objective business.

If Brock Lesnar becomes WWE World Heavyweight Champion at SummerSlam, how will his part-time status be handled?

If Brock Lesnar wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam, which is still an “if,” I’m told the company will work out his dates to have him appear a couple times a month on television. WWE has had a part-timer hold the belt before — The Rock was champion for 70 days from Royal Rumble to Wrestlemania in 2013 –and while I realize SummerSlam to Wrestlemania is a longer time period, the company will work it out. I think the bigger question if these hypotheticals work out is who goes over Lesnar?

From the Ask WNW vault…

January 2013: With the majority of the WWE Universe assuming The Rock will go over CM Punk on Sunday, how would you react to a swerve? - The first swerve that comes to mind would be for The Shield to cost CM Punk the WWE Championship but that is nothing more than speculation on my part. I haven’t heard the creative plan for Sunday’s WWE Championship match but that I feel it’s necessary for The Rock to win the WWE Championship so he can defend it at Wrestlemania. Not putting the title on The Rock on Sunday would be a mistake. It’s going to be more difficult with the WWE Champion working a part-time schedule, but live events will be hurt more than TVs due to Rock’s insane schedule.

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  • Justin Lal

    Roman Reigns should be the one to go over Lesnar for the title. It will be great in the build up if Heyman brought up the fact that Brock defeated The Rock back in 2002, which would acknowledge that Reigns is Rock’s cousin. Rock never avenged that loss, but the next best thing would be if Reigns could possibly do it. I would also have Heyman make disparaging remarks Anoa’i family. I’m sure they could come up with good material for him.

    • Xavier

      Who are you?

      • Justin Lal

        I’m the guy that has been trying to convince everyone that CM Punk left WWE because he couldn’t handle Daniel Bryan surpassing him :)

        • Xavier

          Lol

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Nooooo, Lesnar has beaten The Undertakers streak, how will that look when he loses to someone that is still proving themselves? WWE at this point should just keep Lesnar going on a role as long as possible, make him lose to a bigger name like The Rock or whoever so it doesn’t look that bad for Lesnar.

      WWE have the perfect opportunity to get Lesnar on a winning streak which they should have done from the start.

      I still think Rock beating Lesnar for the title then it becoming The Rock V Roman Reigns for the title, could be another passing the torch type thing, The Rock is probably about done, in-ring anyway, and what better way to help elevate a cousin?

  • Venom

    The IC Title curse I tell ya. It dates back to when Ezekial Jackson beat Wade Barrett and lost it to Cody Rhodes. Look at all the holders from then to now. Miz, Kofi, Axel, Big E. their careers went downhill. I’d love to see a WNW article about it.

    As for Sting, I have a feeling if he will wrestle, WWE is paying for him to get hair restoration and cover that bald spot like Chavo and Chris Masters did.

  • Xavier

    Who cares if Cena has more title reigns then Flair, no one is going to think any less of Flair. Flair’s spot in wrestling history will not be effected at all. And technically Flair is a 23 time Champion, why his other title reigns are never acknowledged by him or anyone else is beyond me. And yes Cena is without a doubt one of the greatest of all-time despite what some ignorant fans have to say, just look at the feuds, longevity, great matches he’s had with such a diverse group of opponents he’s had. I’d even go as far as to call Cena the greatest ambassador that Vince/WWE has ever had for all the work he puts in inside & outside the ring combined

    As for Lesnar, I think Reigns should be the guy to go over him clean at WM. Reigns appears to be on a fast track to the title. Most will disagree with me but Reigns continues to make great progress and is pretty much in the same spot that Cena & Batista were in around mid/late 04. Most will say Bryan (and I would of agreed 3 months ago) but with Bryan’s injury and with the steady progress Reigns is making I’d go with him. But it will be interesting to see what happens when Bryan returns, WWE will have a unique situation on their hands with both Bryan & Reigns and decided who should be the one to go over Lesnar. It’ll be like the Bret Hart/Lex Lugar situation all over again

    • BIG M

      At the risk of sounding like an ignorant fan I have to say the moment Cole started calling Cena the greatest Champion in the history of WWE was the moment Pro Wrestling as I knew it DIED replaced by Sports/Entertainment completely.
      Call him the greatest ambassador Yes, the hardest working Superstar outside the ring obviously, the greatest “face” WWE has had since Hulk Hogan Definitely but the Greatest worker to ever run with the strap!….. WTF.
      I’m sorry but as a life long fan of the NOW DEAD form of Entertainment once known as Pro Wrestling that P****D Me off BIG TIME.
      Out of all the names who have been talented and lucky enough to be given a WWE Title run Cena would rank somewhere in the middle of that list….. at best.

      • ron

        Who would you put above him?

        • ron

          And I would like to see/read both Xavier and Richards comments to your list as I have come to respect their opinions.

        • BIG M

          Hmmm lets see now Hogan, Austin, Flair, HBK, Rock, Brett Hart, HHH, Foley, Samartino, Backlund, Pedro Morales, Edge, Rey Mysterio and about 10 more.

          • supercilious1

            Ask yourself this: Could any of those guys been champion for 380 days like Cena was? Could those guys have withstood the booing like Cena did during his reign? Cena performed weekly and put up great matches during his reign — all while half the audience hated him. Most guys would have cracked under those circumstances and fizzled out.

          • BIG M

            Like I said before he “might” be the greatest ambassador WWE has ever had he also “might” be the greatest “face” the company has ever had.
            But is he the greatest worker to ever be strapped….. in my opinion NO F*****G WAY.

          • David C

            I agree that he’s not the greatest worker in the ring.

            When Cena is the one to call the match it usually ends up being a Finisher fest, blatantly obvious as to what’s coming next or simply a way to make him look unstoppable.

            Look at the difference between Cena and Bryan SS and Cena v Wyatt at ER. The fact that DB was defacto face allowed Cena to take control of the slower parts. He didn’t have the time to sell everything like a severely drunk man because he wasn’t getting beaten down constantly. The comebacks from DB were natural and built up the pace, no coming up with a ton of energy and no hurt whatsoever. There was story and purpose. They made each other look amazing.

            Cena Wyatt at Extreme Rules however was really quite poor in my opinion.
            It was a cage match with the best heel in the WWE and yet what we got was Cena overcoming not only Bray but the entire Wyatt family. He literally was able to walk out of the door several times because when he’s on his ‘ good guy shine’ he puts in so much energy that it would seem stupid for him to suddenly lose that adrenaline, so he’s left looking around to kill time. He manages to get all 3 of the Wyatt’s downed and only losses due to the ending. I’m not knocking the ending, just that the story of the match to that point was pretty much lost.
            They were no longer a threat to Cena as a Pack and that should NEVER have been the case.

          • Xavier

            Really, Flair’s WWE title reigns were very brief. Foley? C’mon bro now you’re just being silly. Mysterio’s title reign was a joke honestly. Edge nah. HBK’s title reign produced some great matches but was a ratings disaster. Rock’s title reigns can’t hold a candle to Cena’s title reigns. Rock’s longest reign lasted 4 months. HHH is debatable but I ‘ll give you that one.

          • BIG M

            Im not going by how many reins or length of reins here Im going by match quality entertainment value and the legacy a worker leaves in the industry.
            And just for the recored the matches Foley had with Austin in mid 98 and the Rock in early 99 when he held or was chasing the title were insane.
            Were they catches catch can classics hardly but they were Bloody physical, Bloody entertaining and Bloody memorable.

          • ron

            I would give you Samartino and Hogan maybe HHH but that is about it.

            And Pedro Morales was my favorite as a kid.. Samartino was my Dads Champion and as a kid I was happy to see Pedro get the belt. It was still real to me back then…..

            I am sorry but the others just don’t stand up to Cena. I still like to go to the network and watch his matches with JBL they are where he proved himself.

      • Xavier

        How you figure that. Cena has had classic matches with just about every top wrestler of this generation and a variety of different types of matches. I can go down the list and name a ton just off the top of my head. This argument that Cena can’t work a match or has to be carried is pretty silly argument to use at this point. And no one has ever claimed he was the greatest worker EVER but you know what, neither was Austin, Rock or Triple H. Neither one of those guys were close to being a wrestling technician. Middle of the list is way off base. He’s close to the top.

        • BIG M

          You can name a ton of great matches he’s had Well I can only really name 3 Triple H at WrestleMania 22, CM Punk at SumerSlam 2011 and Daniel Bryan at SumerSlam last year.
          Compared to the likes of Brett Hart, Austin, Undertaker or Shawn Michaels and a host of other workers who wether they were ring generals or not (and some were definitely not e.g. Mick Foley) had tones of amazing Title matches then Yeah I definitely feel he is middle of the pack.
          Sorry but I refuse to see Cena as anything more than possibly the best ambassador and “Face of the company” in WWE history which is a pretty big thing to say in itself but Michael Cole calling Cena the greatest WWE Champion at MITB and the 2 Raw’s after is beyond offensive and spits in the face of both the great workers of old and the great workers of today.

          • Xavier

            Triple H at WM22 and on RAW in 09, Michaels at WM23, Ironman match on RAW, Randy Orton at Summerslam 07, HIAC 09 and Bragging Rights 09, Edge at TLC 06, Umaga at the RR 07, Punk at MITB 2011, Summerslam 2011 and RAW 2013, Lashley at GAB 07, Kurt Angle at No Mercy 03, Bryan at Summerslam 2013, Sandow from RAW in cash in match, Cesaro on RAW from this past year, Benoit from RAW in 07, JBL Judgment Day 07, Ziggler on RAW in 2010, Ryback at Extreme Rules 2013 and on SD, Big Show at WM20, Batista at Summerslam 08 just to name a few.

          • David Jr.

            I think you can include his match with Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules 2012. The wrong person might have won but it’s still a great match.

            I think you’ll like this stat.
            Average Weighted Wrestling Observer Newsletter Star Ratings

            Shawn Michaels – 3.50
            John Cena – 3.32
            Steve Austin – 3.22
            Bret Hart – 3.06
            Undertaker – 2.78

          • Xavier

            Quick! Take this down, we wouldn’t wanna debunk the “Cena can’t wrestle” myth.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Blargh

            Wrestling Observor ratings. They mean nothing. I recall from Bret Hart’s book how Meltzer buried Hart in his match against Flair for the title, and when he confronted Meltzer on it he admitted he hadn’t even seen the match. It’s hilarious that Meltzer spent the 90′s calling Hart overrated, yet as soon as they became friends after Montreal he has called him one of the greats.

            blargh

          • Xavier

            Hart took the time to confront Meltzer over him calling him overrated? Apparently Meltzer’s opinion meant something then for him too do that. If I was in Hart’s position I wouldn’t have cared less what he said about me personally

          • Bob’s Diner

            As much as I love the HItman, if you aren’t calling him awesome then your opinion matters to him ;-)

          • Xavier

            Lol

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            Under 2.7? Bah.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            I was going to name a couple.. but I don’t think I need too.

          • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

            Xavier just laid the Smackdown on you. Lol.

    • Venom

      I will say I’m no Cena fan (despite going to a recent live event wearing his shirt as a joke that I was given back in 2006) I do think he does work hard in the ring and it’s ridiculous saying he can’t wrestle. But as an adult I just can’t stand his goofy promos. If he went back to rapping his goofy promos would be entertaining.

      And while I don’t want to hate on Daniel Bryan cause he does have a serious injury and I’m a fan of his, had Cena had a similar injury I can bet he’d only be out for a month. Whether he’s afraid of losing his spot it’s debatable. I doubt it cause he can work opening matches and still make a lot of money. He probably just likes traveling.

      I will say that Cena was probably in the right place at the right time with the right gimmick. I think 8 Mile came out in the fall of 2002 (I think) and Cena debut the rap gimmick sometime after that. I think rap/hip hop was becoming popular and he banked on it. Had he kept that same gimmick it probably would have gotten old. But at the time he won over teens and young adults. Once those and myself grew out of it he started wearing colorful shirts and catered towards younger kids. I was fine with it at first thinking his character would evolve as this young kids grew older but he stayed the same. It’s hard to disagree with it because at my recent live event the kids were going crazy for him and parents were dragged along. I saw lots of parents being yelled by security because their kids dragged them to the front.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Doesn’t Flair consider himself something like a 27-time world champion? From what I’ve read, he includes a whole bunch of titles reigns that no promotion recognises (and one that isn’t even a world title). I’m not saying it matters, don’t worry.

      • Xavier

        I thought it was 23? But I do remember him saying something like that. People also need to remember that Cole said Cena is possibly the greatest WWE Champion ever which wouldn’t include Flair anyway, he had two brief runs with the WWE strap in the early 90s that nobody hardly remembers, hell, he lost one of those titles on a freaking house show. That should tell everybody everything they need to know about Flair’s runs with the WWF titles.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Yup. And then WCW spent 10 years not recognising those reigns either – while he had his fair share of pointless/meaningless short reigns for them as well. it all comes around.

          • Snap

            Didn’t they? I can clearly recall a segment on “Flair For The Gold” with, I believe, Brian Pillman who called Flair a “seven time World champion” to which Flair corrected him with “nine time.”

          • Bob’s Diner

            That’s the point – WCW )not Flair) refused to acknowledge the WWE title reigns. Even at the end he was referred to as a 14-time champion

    • Guest

      Well I agree with everything you said…except for Reigns going over Lesnar.

      First of all, Lesnar shouldnt even have the title that long, for 1. And 2, the titles should be divided again by time TLC. 1 year of unification is good enough. Bryan takes the WWE title while Bray Wyatt takes the World Heavyweight Championship. Both going into WM31 as champion. Bryan as WWE Champion against a returning Angle(if hes healthy enough)…Bryan going over. And since they want to push Reigns to the moon, have him win the Royal Rumble and go over Bray Wyatt as the new WHC. Simple

    • Cubed56

      It’s pretty much a no doubter that Cena is the best ambassador the WWE has ever had. The next part will shock probably shock you and many others. Cena is EASILY in the top ten greatest champions of all time, yes I said that! It’s no secret I am a huge anti-Cena guy, but realistically the only thing to hate about the guy is his never changing character, hell even his supporters are kinda sick of it. However, there is no doubt he’s had some of the better feuds over the last 10-12 years, his longevity is outstanding, and when he wants too and has to, he does put on a good match and has put on many good matches. So as much as it hurts, I’ve gotta agree with you here, John Cena is one of the greatest of all time.

  • Chris Eccles

    I noticed something earlier today, I may be reading too much into it but both Sting and Sid Vicious have posted the same message and both have a very similar twitter pictures right now with the faces in the shadows. Whether that is purely coincidence or it does have something to do with a project both of them are included in, who knows.

    • Mysterion

      The Sid account you’re referring to is a confessed fake account. It’ll be trolling.

      • Chris Eccles

        Ah my bad, I stand corrected. Thanks for clearing that up. :)

        • Mysterion

          No worries dude. He had loads of people fooled for ages then he finally up and admitted it.

    • Judas

      Honkytonk man and Konnan also tweeted that date out.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Probably trying get noticed so they can feel relevant

  • Bob’s Diner

    Not sure why people get so up in arms about the number of title reigns. Shawn Michaels is considered by many to be the greatest performer ever, yet he is only a 4-time world champion. The Rock surpassed the number of WWE title reigns by Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart by the time he was 30 with a bunch of quick fire WWE title changes. Heck, Edge is in WWE’s all-time top 5 because he won something like 9 world titles in the space of 2 years.

    In this modern era, it really means nothing – just a marketing tool to make people look better than they are. And like RIchard said, on paper Cena will look like the greatest champion ever! That is obviously WWE’s goal

    • Snap

      It’s almost as bad as when WCW put their World title on a movie star… oh wait!

      I personally feel that playing hot potato with the title devalues the championship rather than make the guy who catches the potato the most times to be “TEH GR8TEST EVAR!!!11″ The longer reigns, such as the ones Cena, Orton and Punk had, do more for the championship if it is booked properly and makes it a bigger deal when the championship changes hands.

      Hell, up until the re-unification, the WWE championship didn’t even include the “world” designation so you can really get technical and say it wasn’t the REAL World’s championship in WWE.Remember, after Steve Austin beat Shawn Michaels at WM14 and they introduced the Attitude era belt, they simply referred to it as the “WWF championship.” Technicalities, it’s all about the wording.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Well, it was the only top title so was still considered the world championship. I think they just wanted to remove the word ‘heavyweight’ so it could seem less sports

        Unfortunately, we live in a modern age with short attention spans and fans that complain someone has held the belt too long if it lasts longer than a month. It is honestly amazing how fans go from hot to cold on someone very quickly, claiming they are bored with someone for no real reason.

        WWE should just swerve everyone and have Cena hold the belt for the next 8 years. Then have him consistently lose and win the belt until he retires so he can not only have the most reigns but the longest as well.

        In all seriousness, I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave him one last huge reign to pass CM Punk’s record…

        • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

          As hard as he’s worked I wouldn’t care if they did.

  • Trapdoor

    Sting: Not expecting him in a WWE show.. But: Did anyone catch the name of this weeks WWE Countdown (Thunderous Returns) – Using the tweets to push the viewers on next weeks show, thinks I.

    • Alex

      The only thing with that is Sting won’t return to WWE he’ll debut.

      • Trapdoor

        Aaaaaaaaaah. Logic/Fact. On an internet post. Take it away! Take it a way! I’m mellllllltiiiiiiinnnng. ;oD

        • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

          Lmao

    • Bob’s Diner

      Thunderous Returns? ZOMG that must mean CM Punk is returning!!! ;-)

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        CM Punks returns ooohmerrgerrrsh. I’m that excited I forgot to be bothered.

  • monty

    maybe they can pay extra to Brock to make extra appearances. End of the day Brock does this for money and does whatever is told simple as that